Launches Military SSDs|
Editor:- September 21, 2009 - Foremay announced the
SC199 Hi-Rel Series
SLC flash SSDs in 1.8", 2.5" and 3.5" form factors which meet
MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-833G.
Operational temperature options include
-40°C to approx 100°C.
The SC199 Hi-Rel Series SSDs are
made with rugged industrial
grade SLC flash, and are geared for
high performance and high ruggedness applications, as well as for commercial
applications in harsh environments such as damp heat tropical forests, deserts,
arctic regions, tundra soil areas, mountains, muddy and dusty lands, wetlands,
oceans, and under water.
Will Flash Torch Hard Disk Market? - Reprise
September 21, 2009 - 2 years ago StorageSearch.com
published an article -
How Solid is
Hard Disk's Future? - in which I looked at - what impact would the fast
growing solid state disk
market have on the overall hard
Readers had asked - "Is SSDs' gain really HDDs'
loss?" - My analysis concluded - "In some segments yes. But it's not
a zero sum game."
This theme is revisited in a new article
published today by - Coughlin Associates
& HDD - Symbiosis, or Survival of the Fittest? (pdf).
white paper, written by esteemed
storage analysts -
Tom Coughlin, Jim Handy
F. Hoyt shows how many hard disk drives are sold because of digital
storage required to support flash
memory consumer electronics applications such as digital cameras,
camcorders, and music and video players. The paper makes the case that there
is more symbiosis than competition between hard disk drives and flash memory for
consumer electronics applications.
the article (pdf)
How will hard
drives fare in an SSD world?
How to Recognize an Enterprise flash SSD?
September 21, 2009 - 15 months ago StorageSearch.com started
warning readers that not all flash SSDs which were being marketed for "enterprise
applications" - were in fact suitable.
We did this in many
editorials - and an explicit article -
Are MLC SSDs
Safe in Enterprise Apps?
The issue now is more complex. It has
often been raised in our own analysis of
new SSD product launches
and it's been discussed in some external articles too - in various
published a new opinion piece on this theme called -
and Competitive Aspects of Enterprise SSDs (pdf).
It's not the best
article you'll see on this subject, and neither is it the 1st nor final word.
Regretfully - as we've seen in the past year - the state of market
knowledge about SSD reliability and quality issues is sometimes no better in
the marketing departments of some new-to-market SSD vendor companies than it is
in the minds of new aspiring SSD buyers. But it's an important topic - and will
continue to get an airing in these pages. ...read the article
enterprise SSD users want?
Who OEMs Whose SSD (or Not) Update
September 18, 2009 - Here is more
SSD news about
who is oeming whom.
that HP is offering its
SSDs as an option in ProLiant servers. "After months of testing, HP
qualified the Samsung 'green' SSD option across its industry-standard server
In contrast - earlier this week Pillar Data Systems
said it had dumped
Intel SSDs due to
flaky operation and was
to STEC. Maybe
Pillar should have spent a bit more time qualifying the Intel product
beforehand - or done a better job at it? See also:-
can you trust flash
SSD specs and benchmarks?
OCZ Finally Ships Z-Drive
Editor:- September 16, 2009
- OCZ announced
immediate availability of its
PCIe SSDs available
with SLC or MLC
Editor's comments:- This product was originally
unveiled in March
2009 at CeBIT. The IOPS
performance of the
version is an order of magnitude lower than that of true enterprise
acceleration products from
Texas Memory Systems
which does beg the question - what applications are really viable for this
BakBone Wakes Up to Disk Backup
16, 2009 -
it will change its focus from traditional
tape-based data protection
solutions to disk-based
technology with new products to be launched soon.
comments:- BakBone is already
years behind the curve
in its reaction to the market's shift to disk backup. It's really surprising
therefore that the company has unwisely erected the information block of a
sign-up web form
ahead of saying anything useful about what it plans to do.
What can we
learn from this? Don't employ any marketers who have had anything to do with
this product launch. (Check for "Open Data Protection platform" on the
Former Fusion-io CEO Encores at Violin
September 15, 2009 -
today announced that Donald Basile has been named CEO.
Basile (with over 20 years of leadership experience) most recently served as the
CEO of Fusion-io
which evangelized the use of
PCIe flash SSDs for
servers and workstations. Under his leadership, the company concluded agreements
with HP, IBM and Dell. He also led sales growth that generated over 300 global
enterprise customers in less than 1 year.
"Don has an impressive record of building both value and market
footprint rapidly as was shown in his time as CEO at Fusion-io" said Steve
O'Donnell, Senior Analyst at Enterprise
Strategy Group. "He possesses the unique combination of operational,
technical, managerial and marketing skills that will have an immediate positive
impact on Violin Memory."
Editor's later comments:- for more
about the later complexities in these markets see -
hidden segments in the enterprise
OEMs Qualifying Virtual RAID Adapter Software
September 15, 2009 -
Dot Hill today
that several tier #1 OEMs are evaluating its virtual RAID adapter
solutions enable server OEMs to offer built-in, high-end
RAID functionality in
multi-core Intel compatible servers without the expense of a dedicated
RAID-on-chip acceleration device.
In September 2008, Dot Hill acquired
certain assets from Ciprico
which included exclusive rights to license
technology from Broadcom.
The acquisition was part of a strategic initiative to offer software-only
products for the enterprise server data protection market as complementary
offering to its existing external hardware RAID array business.
VRA technology enables RAID to be offered in volume, entry-level servers where
hardware-accelerated RAID has traditionally been too expensive.
NextIO Names New VP Sales
Editor:- September 15, 2009
NextIO has named DaWane
Wanek as VP of world wide sales.
Prior to joining NextIO, Wanek
served as a member of the executive team at
Dell, where he was a
director of the Advanced Systems Group. Wanek has also held senior sales
leadership positions with companies such as
BMC Software and
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using SSDs as early as the 1970s because they were faster, more rugged and more
reliable than hard drives. |
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